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"Dobuita-dori" is a unique shopping street in the heart of Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

This street originally was a wide drainage flanked with narrow lanes both sides, before the Second World War. The Imperial Japanese Navy Headquarters stood in Yokosuka at that time, and this street led there from a nearby train station. As these narrow lanes became too busy to walk, they covered this drainage with stout iron plates from the naval dockyard to widen the street. The name of "Dobuita-dori", literally means a "street who's ground is covered with boards over a drainage", stems from this fact. This drainage was converted into a culvert thereafter, and the street has become a unique shopping street mainly for the seamen of the US Navy after the war, featuring a variety of fusion cuisines and "Sukajan", a souvenir jacket in Yokosuka style.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,

Masahisa Takaki.

全国通訳案内士 高木聖久。


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